Poll Position: Greatest Spider-Man Enemies

We haven't done a "Greatest Villains" List yet, which is both surprising and unsurprising. We've done the top 10 best rogues galleries, but we haven't actually gone in and looked at any of them in detail and ranked the supervillains in terms of how memorable they are and the effect they've had on the readers and the superheroes they plague. And it's somewhat easy to see why. What is the point of doing a Batman count down, you know that the Joker is waiting at the end, it can't be anyone else. Same for Superman, X-Men, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Thor, Captain America, they all have that one foe that is just head and shoulders above the rest. However, Spider-Man is different. Sure he has some villains who are more recognisable than others, but he doesn't have a distinct "arch-nemesis", if anything, he has three at the very least. So, that's what we're doing this week. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own choices. If you do add answers, please give both supervillain name and civillian identity, because some names are carried over by different people.

What Were They Thinking?: ArchieNemesis

Here on What Were They Thinking (the series where we look at the stupidest, most ill-advised things in comics history) we have spoken a lot about the stupidity that goes on during the creation of the comics we love almost as much as we've talked about the stupid stuff that has been published. Take DC for example. We've looked at how the New 52 almost brought the company down and how they once tried to sue Rihanna over the trademarking of the name Robyn (not Robin, Robyn). But we're not talking about DC this week. Neither are we talking about any of Marvel's behind the scenes problems, because if we keep looking at instances of a writer/artist team falling out with their editor on a Spider-Man series it's going to get old quite quickly. No, this week we're looking at the mother of all "backstage" barneys, one that even went as far as getting litigious (which means I have had to consult my legal team of Phoenix Wright and Detective Pikachu again). So, which company do you think would let creative differences get to the point of taking legal action against its own staff? We've ruled out DC and Marvel, so maybe Image? Dark Horse? No, well what about an older, now defunct company like EC Comics or maybe Charlton Comics? Nope, it's none of them. It's this guy.

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Anime Talk: Future Avengers Assemble!!!!!

Well true believers, it appears that Disney is expanding its reach in the animation depart into the field of Anime. Crunchyroll is reporting that there will be a new avengers Anime being released this year in Japan .....

Disney has announced that a new Marvel superheroes-themed TV anime entitled Marvel Future Avengers will begin broadcasting in Japan in Summer of 2017. The series will feature familiar heroes (such as Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Wasp) mentoring a new generation of super-powered children and fighting against villains. - via Crunchyroll

It certainly sounds interesting to me, what about you all ? You think you'd be willing to give this show a view ? Let me know in the comments below.

Caption Contest #88 Results

Last week I asked you guys to come up with the best replacement dialogue for this random panel:

And here are my five favourite entries:

RobM: Man, this is a croc!

Richard DeRemer: Mr. Schmee, I seem to have found where we lost my alarm clock.

Grifter87: What do you mean, “There’s already a Crocodile Dundee”?

Drinkfluid: I always thought I was bein’ true… but it turns out I was just in da NILE!

William Peterson: Killer Croc will never see through this clever bat-disguise!

And at this point I make a Highlanders joke and we announce the winner. And that winner is... (because I'm predictable in my love of bad puns)

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Leads Announced For Marvel’s Inhumans

With filming expected to start this month for an 8 episode run premiering in September, Marvel and ABC have now announced the actors who will be playing Blackbolt, Medusa and Maximus in their upcoming Inhumans TV Show. So far the cast consists of Anson Mount as Blackbolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa and Iwan Rheon as Maximus. Rheon is obviously a name that a few people will be familiar with, seen as he's been in some show called Game Of Thrones that is quite popular, but both Mount and Swan have experiance in doing Superhero TV Shows, having both appeared in Smallville (with Swan playing Zatanna), so certainly some interesting casting there. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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The List: Top 10 Greatest Doctor Who Moments (2005-17)

So, seen as there wasn't a poll up last week (due to an unfortunate oversight on my part), I didn't have a list topic planned for this week. So what to do when I don't have a topic planned? Well, I've been doing a decent number of Doctor Who lists since the start of the year, so why break a trend right? This week we're looking at the best "moments" of the revived series of Doctor Who (2005-17). By moments, I'm talking about scenes that are especially emotionally impactful, that show the series writing at its best and its characters (especially The Doctor) at their most enthralling and engaging.  For example: David Tennant's "I am The Doctor" speech aboard the wreck of The Titanic in the 2007 Christmas Special, which is around 8 lines of continuous dialogue that coveys everything you need to know about the character, not only through his words but through Tennant's delivery and the reactions of the other characters in the scene. That particular scene would be number 11 on this list if I went to a top 20, so consider it an honourable mention.

Before we get started, I'm only including one moment/ scene per episode, so whilst some episodes have multiple classic moments, I'll only be including the one that I feel is the best. Now without further ado, I think its time we went on an adventure in time and space.

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Character Design Challenge #311 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Your challenge this week is to create a character you might find in a classic western movie.

Sheriff, bandit, bartender, undertaker – anything that saddles your horse.

Please follow the instructions below for naming your files.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Sunday, March 5th at 9:00am Eastern.



John Wick Chapter 2- Spoiler Free Review

Hey everyone, sorry about the delay but I’m coming back at you with another movie review. This time we’re talking about John Wick Chapter 2, the follow-up to the explosive 2014 original. I had been interested in seeing the first one but hadn’t gotten around to it until I’d mentioned it one time and my mum, of all people, immediately lent us her copy so that we could watch it (it’s also on Netflix).  I loved the first one, so my expectations for the sequel were pretty high. So what did I think of Chapter 2?

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Character Design Challenge #310 – Classic With A Twist – Results

Holy crow! Evidently folks love a Grim Reaper challenge! So great to see so many people show up to the party.

So here we go...

Honourable mentions go to Kellkin for the stunning Lady Reaper. Great pose and handling of the costume elements...

and to Xinmodic for the hilarious Reaper Bunny. Brilliant!

Runner up goes out to Cliff for his unique approach and stunning shading and highlighting.

And the win goes to Christi S. This piece is so creative in it's approach to the character, and in it's use of masterfully placed highlights. There is a sadness in the character's face that is really unique.

Please join me in congratulating Christi S on the win. Well done you!

Thanks to all who entered.

Poll Position: Greatest Character Portrayals In Superhero TV Shows

Sorry I didn't have a Poll Position up for you guys last week, I had a very busy end to the week last Friday, but it isn't going anywhere.

Anyway, this week we're looking at who has given the best performance on any form of superhero TV show, be it live-action or cartoon. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own suggestions. Please bear in mind that if you add your own suggestions I would like if you could do so in the format of the options I have given, so actors name - role played - TV show - length of run. And you can add actors twice if the actor has played another role in a different series that you think is worth mentioning (e.g. Mark Hamill is a starting option for his work as The Joker in the DC Animated Universe, but has also been in the two live action Flash series as The Trickster).